The Los Angeles Lakers replaced the DeMarcus Cousins roster with Markieff Morris in February. In Cousins’ first game against his predecessor on Sunday, he and Morris had their own exchange.
Neither side ended the game.
Morris and Cousins were called for two technical fouls. The Houston Rockets had 2:15 left in the first quarter of the game against Los Angeles. This was because Morris entered a game after Jae’Sean Tate’s flagrant foul 1. The match game, which allowed the Rockets to advance to the ground.
After retaliating against his cousin for a physical examination, Morris was deported for violation because he rushed to Cousins to push him while helping Tate, causing him to fall to the ground.
Soon thereafter, Cousins was also ejected at the beginning of the second quarter when he was considered a foul 2 for hitting LeBron James. When Cossins was trying to deprive James of the ball, when the Lakers star drove to the basket, the shot seemed to be accidental. However, the referee ruled that Cousins̵
The Lakers signed Cousins in the summer of 2019 in an attempt to reproduce the frontcourt success of his New Orleans Pelicans teamed with Anthony Davis, but the former All-Star center is on his left knee After tearing the ACL, he never played for Los Angeles in a pickup game.
The cousin was waived in February and signed Morris with an open roster. Morris reached a buyout agreement with the Detroit Pistons and sold it on the market.
Morris played an important role in the Lakers championship game. Ironically, he played his most effective ball in the second round against Houston. He scored 16 points in the second game. Winning the series 1-1, scored 16 points again in the fifth game to keep the Rockets out.
Even if Cousins is not in the Lakers’ playoff lineup, his name is still engraved on every Lakers championship ring. League sources told ESPN that the Lakers plan to give Cousins a championship ring when Cousins provides rockets to the Scoops Center later this season.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN contributed to this report.